The celebrity manicure trends spotted at the 2022 Oscars

Metallics, new nudes and moody hues

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / March 29 2022

We’re suckers for a good manicure any day of the year, but this week we were spoiled for choice when it came to nail art inspiration.

The Oscars 2022 beauty looks were iconic this year to say the least, and the celebrity nails and manicures that walked the carpet didn’t disappoint either. 

But despite the star-studded guest list hosting a wide array of celebrities, there were some clear manicure trends that stood out from the crowd…


Zendaya appears to have had her eyes on Dua Lipa’s metallic manicure. The Dune actress walked the red carpet with a gleaming set of chrome-finish silver nails that caught the light of the L.A. sun as she posed for paparazzi.

Hailee Steinfeld, on the other hand, opted for a silver glitter shimmer manicure (courtesy of Tom Bachik) for the Vanity Fair after party. A simple but effective take on glamour, if we do say so ourselves.

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New nudes

Nude nails have never been a one-shade-fits-all kind of trend but the A-list at the Oscars this year really pushed the boundaries when it came to shape and patterns. 

H.E.R. graced us all with her presence and a truly inspired wavy 3D jelly nail art manicure in a neutral palette with unexpected splashes of cornflower blue.  

Megan Thee Stallion refined her signature long, angle-cut acrylics with a shimmering shade of pearlescent nude nail polish. 

Meanwhile, Tati Gabrielle tied her cream-tipped French manicure into her champagne and gold ensemble with a light dusting of gold leaf on every other nail.

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Moody hues

Some celebrities chose a moodier palette for their red carpet nails, such as actress Rachel Zegler and reality star Kourtney Kardashian. 

Zegler chose a deep burgundy shade to complement her golden era of Hollywood-inspired ensemble, while Kardashian dipped the tips of her fingers in a jet black hue to create a timeless almond-shaped French manicure.

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Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).